Jerry Gonzalez Crossroads
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- Released: August 9, 1994
- Label: Milestone
Down Beat - 12/94, p.634 Stars - Very Good - "...hard-bop credibility....hot Afro-Cuban percussion interludes....the music really comes together on idiomatically integrated tunes..."
JazzTimes - 11/94, p.76"...advanced and fiery solos that stretch the hard bop tradition. The rhythm section...keep the proceedings consistently near the boiling level....this stimulating group succeeds in both the idioms that it explores, never neglecting the jazz in favor of Latin rhythms or vice versa..."
- 2.Rumba Columbia I
- 3.The Vonce
- 5.Guaguanco I
- 6.Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
- 7.Rumba Columbia II
- 8.Viva Cepeda
- 10.Guaguanco II
- 11.Fort Apache
& The Fort Apache Band.
Personnel: Jerry Gonzalez (trumpet, flugelhorn, congas), Joe Ford (alto & soprano saxophone), John Stubblefield (tenor saxophone), Larry Willis (piano), Andy Gonzalez (bass), Steve Berrios (drums, percussion).
Recorded at RPM Studios, New York in April and May, 1994. Includes liner notes by Chiori Santiago.
CROSSROADS was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Performance in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Personnel: Jerry Gonzalez (flageolet, trumpet, flugelhorn, congas); Joe Ford (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); John Stubblefield (tenor saxophone); Larry Willis (piano); Steve Berrios (drums, percussion, bells).
Recording information: RPM Studios, New York, NY (04/1994-05/1994).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Joe Ford; John Stubblefield; Larry Willis; Andy Gonz lez; Steve Berrios.
Arrangers: Jerry Gonzalez; Larry Willis; Steve Berrios.
Jerry Gonzalez's Fort Apache Band on this 1994 release somewhat de-emphasizes the Latin side of its music in favor of swinging hard bop. Jerry Gonzalez mostly plays trumpet, and there are not as many percussion interludes as usual. With the recent death of Carter Jefferson, the tenor spot was filled by John Stubblefield. Otherwise the personnel (with Gonzalez doubling on trumpet and congas, altoist Joe Ford, pianist Larry Willis, bassist Andy Gonzalez, and drummer Steve Berrios) remained the same. The music includes Ford's "Thelingus" (dedicated to Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington), an adaptation of "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel," Cal Tjader's "Viva Cepeda," and Jackie McLean's "Fort Apache" among the more memorable selections. ~ Scott Yanow
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